Shanice Littlejohn is revising @twixsftbl@UweStenderPhD @WriteOnCon Will do! I’ll start querying at the end of the summer! I know Ask an agent is done but last question: that synopsis and query letter writing process is almost harder than writing the book. Tips on voice for each and how to make it the best?
I don't require a synopsis, and I like short queries. There are plenty tips googleable, best of luck!
Alexandra W. Fleck (is querying!) 👑👨❤️👨👑 @awilliamsfleck@UweStenderPhD How realistic is it to aspire to a full-time writing career?
It's very tough, but possible. It's a competitive field ripe with unpredictability. You could substitute writing career with singing career, professional sports career, acting career etc. and the odds are somewhat comparable.
myrikePoba @MFrBauer@UweStenderPhD Seriously, how does one survive (i.e. continue writing) rejection after rejection?
Don't take them personal. Over the years, I have received thousands of rejections. You just keep plucking along, or you could quit. But if you love writing, quitting should never be an option.
Carly Huss @ThenTheyKissed@UweStenderPhD I have another one, if that’s okay, Uwe. :)
Comp titles. Do you have advice on how to chose them? Are you looking for similar voice, similar plot, something else?
Ask as many questions as you want to. Yes and yes. Similar feel. It's like Netflix recommending another series based on what you watched before.
Katrina Ariel @KatrinaAriel@UweStenderPhD In your experience, what makes a successful in-person pitch? I just registered for my first writers' conference and am nervous/excited to have face-to-face time with an agent. #askagent
Don't be nervous, enjoy the experience, and don't ramble. Allow for a conversation with the agent. It will be fine.
Alexandra W. Fleck (is querying!) 👑👨❤️👨👑 @awilliamsfleck@UweStenderPhD How important is having an established social media presence/blog following/internet thing to how successful an agent/publisher believes a book will be?
In fiction I could not care less though it won't hurt to have a platform. In non fiction it is one of THE most important thing.
CT Danford @Ctanz731@UweStenderPhD How important is it for a querying writer to have multiple projects available should an agent ask what else they’re working on? Would not having a second completed manuscript yet be a deal breaker?
Not to me. I am interested in the manuscript at hand.
Alexandra W. Fleck (is querying!) 👑👨❤️👨👑 @awilliamsfleck@UweStenderPhD If a writer writes multiple genres -- and subsequently has multiple voices -- would you recommend they write under the same name, variations of their name, or pen names? (SO happy I made this #askagent!)
I would cross that bridge once you reach it. There are too many details to discuss via Twitter. But if you are, for instance, known for being a successful MG writer, you will want to use a pen name for your, for instance, adult erotic romance.
Barbara Scanlon Keene @keenewriter@UweStenderPhD Hi again. I have a two-part question. What advice do you have for a multi-genre writer to give each enough time and attention to reach the ultimate goal of publication and earning an agent? And is there one book you advise writers to read to better understand the process?
I believe that if you do multiple things, you are still better in one over the others. I would focus on that <in your case> genre first. What process are you referring to? The process of getting an agent?
J.L. Delozier @jldelozier@UweStenderPhD @ a conference, had an anonymous critique of 1st 10 pgs of wip by a panel. Chatting later @ party, editor from Putnam super-excited to learn pgs were mine and wanted full. Wip only 20% done. No agent yet. She gave me her card. ? appropriate follow up process when wip done?
I would remind the editor of what you just described and connect her to your agent at that time.
Jillian @jmacknzie@TracyMarchini Great post, thanks for sharing! Question- for pbs- what’s the “Harry Potter” equivalent? I feel like I can think of so many fantastic and super popular picture books that then I start to wonder- are these all off limits as comps? Curious for your thoughts- thx!!
Ty! With picture books, your best bet would be to avoid series and/or licensed characters as comps and try to find stand-alones - or say something like, "the x of :this well pub'd author: with the y of :this one:" #askagent #picturebooks
Brook Allen @1BrookAllen@VictoriaLoder_ Victoria, if someone's an indie, and let's say their work starts doing REALLY well. Do agents notice? Have you ever approached an indie writer and offered representation? I know there are "hybrid" writers out there, so I was wondering how all that worked.
In short: rarely. Not that it doesn’t happen, but we’d have to stumble upon you and, with so much to read already, I don’t know many agents who really read for fun. Also don’t have time to chase authors that aren’t querying me. 🤷🏼♀️ #WritingCommunity #askagent
Victoria Loder @VictoriaLoder_🚨 🚨 🚨
Due to my crazy workload, I will be closing myself to queries for the next few months. Any queries in my inbox will still be considered, but any more sent will be deleted. I appreciate you all so much! #WritingCommunity
I will still do frequent #askagent sessions and I will still participate in pitch events online. However, I am closed to unsolicited queries until further notice. Thank you. 🙏🏻